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Manchester United 'Seriously Considering' Triggering Jan Oblak's €120 Million Release Clause

Manchester United 'Seriously Considering' Triggering Jan Oblak's €120 Million Release Clause

With David De Gea woefully out of form and potentially leaving the club, Manchester United are said to be 'seriously considering' activating the release clause of Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak.

The 26-year old, deemed to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, recently signed a contract extension with Atleti but it won't exactly do much to deter potential suitors as it only gives his release clause a relatively low increase of €20 million.

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And according to ESPN, who say sources have "confirmed" United's interest in Oblak, the Red Devils think paying a world-record €120 million for a frighteningly consistent goalkeeper would still be a good bit of business.

It comes after the poor displays from their highly successful goalkeeping purchase from Atleti back in 2011, De Gea.

The Spaniard has been the club's Player of the Season for four out of the last five seasons and has won United points on his own with a slew of sensational between the sticks.

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But he's not been at it this season, particularly of late - with key errors leading to goals against Barcelona, Manchester City and most recently, Chelsea.



At Old Trafford on Sunday, he gifted Marcos Alonso and Chelsea an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when he spilled Antonio Rudiger's long-range effort.

Image: PA
Image: PA

But while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he will speak to the 28-year old, he is sticking by his No.1 and refused to blame him.

"There's many different ways of getting back to your best performances and, of course I'll sit down and speak to David, as I've done when he's played well," Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference, as per the Evening Standard.

"He's not the reason we're sixth. When you're goalkeeper or a striker you're always in the spotlight and any time you miss a chance or score you get good or and headlines.

"It's the same with David - he's been in the spotlight for the right reasons for so long and now he's going through a period where he feels he could have done better.

"You cannot say there's any complacency, David is not the type to be complacent, he's a competitor, he wants to be the best.

"David knows he could have done better with the goal, there's no reason hiding that. But there's no chance any of us will point fingers because he's saved us so many times."

United fans, would you swap De Gea for Oblak?

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Topics: Football, Football News, David De Gea, Jan Oblak, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Premier League, Man United, La Liga

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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